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Robert Lavin

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  1. Morning, I've recently moved to the North East and I'm looking to start rebuilding my contacts list and build up work again. I hold Maintenance, Cross-Cutting and Felling, Tree Climbing and Aerial Rescue, Aerial Cutting, Woodchipper and Arb Groundworker. I'm also IRATA Level 1 if that's any use to anyone. CSCS, but PTS has lapsed (happy to renew if there's enough work to make it worthwhile). I've got my own saws and PPE. Let me know if there's anything I can help with. Newcastle based. Contact me through here, robertclavin@gmail.com or 07919537433. Regards, Rob.
  2. I was liking at those silver bull ones. That might be my solution. Thanks all.
  3. Hi Steve, It's a Butterfly (2 - if that makes a difference). Rob.
  4. Hello, Does anyone have any advice on making sure your first aid kit stays on your harness? I know you could use a krab, but I find it a bit dangly and snaggy. I've got one of those small Stein ones and the ineffectual velcro / popper combination in conjunction with the tree always means that the first aid kit ends up on the ground. Anyone got a fool proof way of making it stay put? Thanks, Rob.
  5. Hi Josh, ...and no-one's getting our souls right?☺ Rob.
  6. Hello All, There seems to be quite a few people looking for work on here so I thought I'd add to them. Available three or four days a week between Monday 9th April and the end of May. I hold Maintenance, Cross-Cutting and Felling and Tree Climbing and Aerial Rescue, Aerial Cutting Woodchipper and Arb Groundworker. PTS and CSCS also. Let me know if there's anything I can help with. Bristol based but happy to travel. Would prefer not to spend too many nights away from home at the moment. Contact me through here, robertclavin@gmail.com or 07919537433. Regards, Rob.
  7. Does anyone have any recommendations for books for someone new to the trade? I'm thinking mainly about technical / biological / ecological stuff but I'd be interested to hear recommendations for anything tree related really. From "Arb Fiction" (which I can't imagine exists!) to nature writing or popular science type stuff. One that keeps being mentioned to me is "The Body Language of Trees". Happy to hear your suggestions. Thanks, Rob.
  8. Evening, Does anyone know who might supply or make small chainsaw gloves? Everywhere I've looked, medium (about a size 8) is the smallest I've found. I could really do with some smalls / size 7. Thanks, Rob.
  9. Thanks Mark. That simple eh? Wasn't expecting it to be that obvious, I was expecting it to be something like "it's a ii if your serial number is higher than xxxxxxx". Rob.
  10. Cool. Thanks. I'll keep you in mind at LOLER time. It'll be an initial inspection. Rob.
  11. Evening all, Bit of a geeky one this. Can anyone tell me if it's possible to tell a T540xp from a T540xp ii from looks alone? Failing that, does anyone know when the ii hit the streets? Thanks, Rob.
  12. Afternoon All, I'm looking for a LOLER inspector near Bristol. My tree gear doesn't need it yet but my IRATA kit does. Can anyone recommend someone and give me an idea of costs? Thanks, Rob.
  13. ...and you'd be right although training is on the way and I'm trying to get my head around what to look for afterwards. The question was geared more towards whether a light, rear-handled saw is practical whilst up a tree. Thanks.
  14. Ok, thanks. So it's the ability to operate it one-handed that's the key? ...and essential?
  15. Hello, I'm on the lookout for a saw to use climbing but, being new to this game, I'm after some thoughts and opinion from the collective Arbtalk mind. Top-handle saws seem to be a popular choice but I've also had suggested to me that a small rear-handled saw (think 12" MS 171/181) will be perfectly adequate. Any thoughts or experiences out there? I'm looking to buy used hence the question really. If money were no object then I'd just go out and buy a new top-handle but I'm not there yet. On a related note, anyone got something suitable that they're looking to move on? Doesn't have to be a runner; happy to fettle. Thanks, Rob.
  16. Hello All, I'm new to this game and looking to get a start in the industry. Currently hold Maintenance, Cross-Cutting and Felling and Tree Climbing and Aerial Rescue. Woodchipper ticket should be arriving in early August with Aerial Cutting and Arb Groundworker coming later in the year. Bristol based but happy to work within a couple of hours drive. Have my own saw and climbing kit. Available from the start of August. Looking for any freelance work but particularly interested in some straight hand-cutting for now to build experience. Not scared of hard work and happy to start from the bottom but I can't work for free I'm afraid! 07919 537433, robertclavin@gmail.com or pm me on here if you've got anything you could use a hand with. I am working in areas of dubious phone signal over the next couple of weeks though, so emails might be a better / less frustrating way to get me. Thanks, Rob.
  17. Thanks Stefan. I think for me, those will fall into the longer term, business development category! I take your point about offering something different though. Rob.
  18. Evening all, Mods, please move if in the wrong forum. I'm currently self-employed, working in a number of trades and I am becoming the proverbial "jack of all trades, master of none". Even so, I'm adding forestry and tree work to the list. My other jobs have me spending quite a lot of time away from home and with the way life is heading, I'll need to spend a more time at home, probably working up to an hour or two away. I'm interested to hear if there is the market for someone with basic kit and ground-based chainsaw tickets, and perhaps selected others, to operate on a freelance basis? Most of the work I've seen seems contracted which is encouraging for the trade but not what I'm looking for. I'm thinking of landowners who need someone to help take a few trees down, someone with piles of wood to process, conservation felling eg. taking down aliens / invasives or just small scale / awkward clear-felling where machinery isn't an option. Is anyone out there operating on this basis or is everyone attached to a company of some variety? Also, any thoughts on what the "selected other tickets" could be? Chipper perhaps? Thanks, Rob.
  19. Thanks. Who are R&T? I've some googling but didn't come up with much. I expect all suggestions will get visited in the coming months. Rob.
  20. Just had a chat with them and they seem really helpful. Quite a big operation by the looks of things with loads of courses running. Rob.
  21. Thanks both. I'll be ringing around today. Keep them coming though. Blake Training didn't come up in my searches last night so I expect there are others that don't appear as well. Rob.
  22. Evening all, I'm looking for a combined chainsaw maintenance, cross-cutting and small tree felling course. I'd use the numbers, bit I'm not totally sure which ones to use these days! I'll trawl the internet this evening and tomorrow but I just thought some of the trainers my frequent this forum. Looking for dates in the middle of May or mid to late June. Definitely before August if possible. Thanks, Rob.


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